Bollywood Garam: The 2012 Pantaloons Femina Miss India World title has been claimed by Chandigarh girl Vanya Mishra on March 30, 2012. The grand finale of the 49th edition of the beauty pageant was hosted by Ayushman Hurana and Manish Paul.
24-year-old Prachi Mishra of Pune won the title of Miss India Earth 2012, while Rochelle Maria Rao from Chennai was crowned as Miss India International 2012. Last year’s winners Kanishtha Dhankar, Hasleen Kaur and Ankita Shorey had crowned the 2012 winners.
The three winners of the night were selected from 20 selected finalists. 19-year-old Vanya Mishra will be the one who will be representing India at the 2012 Miss World Pageant. Prachi and Rochelle will be representing the country at the Miss Earth and the Miss International 2012 pageant respectively.
The organisers will not be sending their beauties to the Miss Universe pageant as it was decided in the year 2010 that they will keep away from the event. Moreoever, Sushmita Sen’s “I am She’ event will choose India’s entry to the Miss Universe pageant.
Bollywood celebrities who were also present at the event included Nargis Fakhri and Sonam Kapoor, while the event was judged by producer Ekta Kapoor, fim maker Rohit Shetty, actress Sonali Bendre, Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh, singer Sonu Nigam, TV actress Sakshi Tanwar and MD of Bajaj Fim Serv Sanjiv Bajaj and designer Raghavendra Rathore.